Wow, it's been several months since my last Journal post. I've had some ups and downs since then.
On the issue of health:UPSIDE
: I managed to fully recover from my Bell's Palsy about three weeks after the onset of the symptoms (as explained in my previous Journal here: Back From Vacation
: Now I'm beginning to suffer from some stomach issues whenever I eat meat (usually beef), eggs, or greasy food, usually resulting in a trip to the bathroom, so I may need to see the doctor about that.
I've also managed to get some upsides and downsides when it comes to video games as well:
DOWNSIDE #1: Like many others, I was not able to preorder the SNES Classic Edition like I wanted to, meaning that I would have to be extremely lucky to get my hands on one.
: I did manage to get my hands on an SNES Classic Edition, after waiting for several hours outside GameStop to get one.UPSIDE #2
: I finally managed to get a shelving unit for all of my games. My Mom got new shelving units for her classroom, and she was kind enough to give me hers. Previously, all my games were in drawers, both in my dresser and under my bed, but now, they're all on the shelf, organized by console and in alphanumeric order. So that means that my dresser space is freed up, so I was finally able to put the T-Shirts that had been sitting in a laundry basket for over a year into the empty drawers.DOWNSIDE #2
: Sadly, that's only for the games that were in the drawers themselves, all of which were disc-based (except for the Switch games). I still have a couple of boxes on or near my bookcase with NES, Atari 2600, and Sega Genesis games that need to be put away. The shelving unit that my Mom gave me is already full of game discs, meaning I will have to get another shelving unit for the game cartridges as well.UPSIDE #3
: I also managed to get my Xbox One in a playable state again. It wasn't broken, but the hard drive was so full that I couldn't update anything on it, meaning that I couldn't play any games. But yesterday, I transferred files from one of my external hard drives to another one, plus onto a couple of thumb drives that I have, and reformatted the empty drive to use with my Xbox One. So I was able to transfer game data over from the Xbox One's internal hard drive to the external one.DOWNSIDE #3
: Sadly, even though I transferred almost every downloaded game onto the external hard drive, I still only have 42 GB left on the internal storage drive in the system. As I learned yesterday, it turns out that the Xbox One only allows 362 GB to be used for storage; the other 138 GB is used for the operating system and other unknown features. So that means that (barring any major, multi-gigabyte updates for games like GTA V
) I can only put at least one more game on the internal drive before I have to start using the external drive to store game data on.[EDIT]
: When trying to install Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
today, the file size of which was well under the amount of storage I had left (according to IGN) it said that I didn't have enough storage. Looking at the free space left on the internal hard drive, I only have 27.7 GB left now, and I haven't installed anything else onto the internal drive or updated anything; so where did the other 14.3 GB go?
When it comes to DeviantArt, there's some stuff to talk about as well:DOWNSIDE
: Some artists that I followed here have shut down their accounts or deleted their content, which I found sad, because their art was of great quality, both visually and verbally. My attempt to retrieve their old artwork using the Internet Archives was fruitless; apparently, while the Internet Archives may have archived the home pages and galleries of these artists, it did not archive the actual artworks themselves, meaning that they're lost forever unless somebody who downloaded them before their deletion comes forth with the files.UPSIDE
: A friend of one of the artists who recently shut down his account managed to upload almost all of the artist's artwork to Mediafire. A few days ago, the artist deleted most of his content before shutting down his account altogether, and I wasn't able to download some of my favorite pieces in time. Fortunately, the friend of the artist had them, plus copies of the ones that I did manage to download, so I now have my favorite pieces of art by this artist to enjoy at my heart's content from now on.
So that's pretty much the big stuff that has been happening with my life lately. Some good stuff, some bad stuff, but I'm looking forward to more good stuff in the future, especially on the video game front. Here's hoping.